The Fagus

May. 2nd, 2011 04:10 pm
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At last! We went to Mount Field National Park, one of my most favourite places in Tasmania. I've been there so many times, taken numerous visitors to see its waterfalls and tall trees, to walk around lake Dobson and admire the pandani jungle and twisted pencil pines. I love that place and never can take enough pictures of it.

But this time I didn't go anywhere near my favourite attractions, I didn't have time for them, I had only one thing on my mind - the Fagus. The Nothofagus gunnii, to be precise, the deciduous beech, the only Australian native tree that drops its leaves in autumn but first it changes their colour from cheerful green into yellow, a bit of red and all shades of orange in between. It's not a big tree, usually no more than 2 metres high, with twisted branches and small leaves, growing in cold, inhospitable places up in the mountains. It is believed to be a remnant from the time when the continents were one large mass of land called Gondwana since it can be found apart from Tasmania only in New Zealand and South America.

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Now that's what I call a real autumn!

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